Location locked in for new Shoalhaven crossing
16 July 2014
Location locked in for new Shoalhaven crossing at Nowra
Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay have announced the preferred location for a new bridge crossing of Shoalhaven River. The new bridge will be built upstream from the existing crossing.
Minister Gay was joined by Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis, Member for the South coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward to make the announcement today.
The NSW Government has provided $1.6 million for investigations to finalise the location of the bridge.
“The Australian Government has committed $10 million in the next three years to carry out further investigations and planning for the Nowra Bridge project,” Mr Truss said.
“The existing bridge is 130 years old and planning for a new bridge is needed to make sure this river crossing can safely cater for increasing traffic volumes in the future,” Minister Gay said.
“Almost 50,000 vehicles cross this bridge everyday creating stifling congestion. That’s why our planning project will ensure that we can meet traffic growth for decades to come.”
“I congratulate the NSW Government and the community in determining the location of the third river crossing and I look forward to further consultation regarding the future of our old iron bridge,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“The decision on the preferred location allows planning to start later this year on the intersection and bridge concept designs,” Mrs Hancock said.
“As part of the project, Roads and Maritime Services will also look at ways to resolve traffic issues at the Princes Highway intersections at Bolong Road, Illaroo Road, Bridge Road and Pleasant Way,” Mr Ward said.
For Mr Truss: Brett Heffernan 0467 650 020
For Mrs Sudmalis: Brad Stait 02 4423 1782
For Mr Gay: Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976
View the original media release (PDF)